Senior Network Engineer

Albuquerque, NM

At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our website:

Our team of expert staff plan, build, and operate IT and communication systems in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Secure Transportation (OST) for the United States Department of Energy. The Office of Secure Transportation is responsible for the safe and secure transportation of government-owned special nuclear materials in the contiguous United States.

Criterion Systems, Inc., is seeking a results-oriented, self-motivated Senior Network Engineer to support a Department of Energy (DOE) contract at the Federal Customer site in Albuquerque NM. Your primary duties for this position include (but not limited to) deploying and providing ongoing support for Cisco routers and Catalyst switches, to include tier-2/3/4 troubleshooting and engineering (as needed), developing and updating standard operating procedures for network provisioning and maintenance tasks. You will also provide technical assistance and mentoring to junior staff on the network operations team, and contribute as a lead technical resource on network implementation projects. You will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of Cisco, Palo Alto devices and must ensure each change to the environment is clearly documented, to include creating and updating all related engineering documents, drawings, and IP addressing assignments. The successful candidate will demonstrate self-initiative and be able to operate without supervision. Must be flexible and able to work nights, weekends and holidays as needed to support planned and unplanned network maintenance and troubleshooting events.
In addition to the successful candidate’s primary focus responding to trouble tickets and maintaining Cisco, Palo Alto network devices, this position will be called upon for the following requirements and additional duties:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Operating in a remotely administered lights-out environment where equipment is deployed pre-configured and out-of-band access via OOB mgmt. and serial consoles is used when necessary during circuit problem determination
  • Develop documentation to improve current network operating procedures
  • Draft configuration change control proposals for submission to the CCB
  • Create and update topology diagrams and associated documentation for each office location and network enclave
  •  Install and operate open source software to perform network performance testing and monitoring

Minimum Requirements:

  • US Citizenship
  • Must be able to maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Security or related field or 4 years of experience to be used in lieu of degree
  • Must have six (6) years of experience supporting Gigabit Ethernet switched LAN networks with a working knowledge of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), 802.1q Trunking, 802.3ad LACP, Etherchannel, and 802.1x-based Network Access Control (NAC),NEXUS VPC, FlexVPN, IPSEC over GRE tunnels.
  • Must have an expert understanding of the TCP/IP stack and previous experience supporting heterogeneous LAN, WAN, and 802.11 wireless networks
  • Understand application transport and network infrastructure protocols (SSL/TLS, DNS, DHCP, WINS, NTP, FTP, HTTP, SMTP, CIFS, LDAP, and Microsoft AD) and their relationship to user applications
  • Recent experience in an enterprise or service provider environment deploying, troubleshooting, and documenting LAN and campus networks using Cisco network devices (Catalyst 3560/3860 and Nexus 5000 switches, Cisco ASR, ISR-series routers, and Cisco ASA security appliances with Firepower). Palo Alto 3000, 500 series utilizing
  • Demonstrate an expert understanding of Cisco IOS 12.x/15.x command syntax
  • Experience configuring BGP, EIGRP, OSPF, Flex VPN and VRF-Lite
  • Develop and apply standard configuration templates to all assigned devices and update inventory and topology records during moves, adds and changes
  • Must have experience with Wireshark, Ethereal, tcpdump or equivalent packet decoding tools
  • Review log events and operate network management applications to perform fault detection, identify performance metrics, and generate reports to support specific service level requirements
  • Possess excellent problem solving skills and a solid understanding of how to quickly troubleshoot connectivity and performance issues that involve switches, routers, desktops, printers, and servers
  • Must have proficiency with Linux command line utilities and familiarity with Perl or shell scripting languages to automate configuration changes, parsing log data from switches and routers, generating reports and detecting network traffic anomalies
  • Ability to excel in high-paced, demanding environments where each day provides a new set of challenges under short time constraints involving complex network configurations and/or troubleshooting multiple hosts scattered across a large campus network
  • Ability to coordinate multiple open issues and interfacing with customers at all levels
  • Must have strong time management, multi-tasking, organization and administrative skills and must be highly proficient with Visio, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • As part of the selection process, the candidate must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Be willing to demonstrate Technical skills on follow up interview in a lab environment. 

Preferred Skills:

  • RSA SecureID, NTP/GPS, Solarwinds NCM/NPM, Nagios, Enigma, CSfC and Cisco VOIP

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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